5 people killed in helicopter crash off Indian coast

"13 de enero de 2018, 10:01New Delhi, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) At least 3 people were killed today after a Pawan Hans helicopter carrying seven persons â€" five ONGC officials and two pilots, crashed off the Mumbai coast.

The Dauphin N3 chopper, VT PWA, took off at 10.20 am and lost contact with Mumbai ATC and ONGC 15 minutes later. The Dauphin helicopter lost contact with Air Traffic Control around 10.35 am almost 30 nautical miles off Mumbai.

The ONGC, along with the ICG and the Indian Navy, has pressed its helicopter and speedboats for search operations. Three bodies have been recovered, Coast Guard said.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) have identified two of the bodies to be of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employees.

The field in the offshore include Mumbai High, the nation's largest oil field and Bassein fields, the largest gas field. In August 2003, a Mi-172 helicopter had crashed off the Mumbai coast killing 27 of the company's employees as well as the pilot on board.

"The Coast Guard and Indian Navy are also extending all supports to beef up the search operations by deploying choppers and rescue boats".

The Coast Guard has recovered the debris of the chopper and is said to be trying to locate the missing passengers.

The four bodies were spotted along with debris from the helicopter, Capt Sharma said.

He informed that the AAIB probe is expected to help access the black box of the helicopter and thereby ascertain the technical cause of Saturday's crash.

Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation in a tweet said the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau will launch a thorough inquiry into the incident. "We have already diverted ship and aircraft to area".

Vanessa Coleman